NASCAR DODGE WEEKLY SERIES CREW MEMBERS TO BE HONORED IN $20,000 CRAFTSMAN MECHANIC OF THE YEAR CONTEST DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 19, 2005) - The top mechanics in American short track racing will be honored with NASCAR's annual Craftsman Mechanic...
NASCAR DODGE WEEKLY SERIES CREW MEMBERS TO BE HONORED IN $20,000 CRAFTSMAN MECHANIC OF THE YEAR CONTEST
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 19, 2005) - The top mechanics in American short track racing will be honored with NASCAR's annual Craftsman Mechanic of the Year contest.
For the 20th season, crew members who participate in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series, NASCAR's national championship program for weekly racing, will "go to the polls" to select the Craftsman Mechanic of the Year.
NASCAR-licensed members can use the ballot that appears in the July issue of NASCAR Insider, the official NASCAR membership publication that appears inside Dick Berggren's Speedway Illustrated magazine, to vote for the top mechanic in any NASCAR-sanctioned class at any participating NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series track. Members can also participate in the Craftsman Mechanic of the Year contest on NASCARmembers.com, NASCAR's official membership web site.
"It's important to honor the competitors in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series with the Craftsman Mechanic of the Year award because they get the job done using Craftsman tools," said Touré Claiborne, director of motorsports for Sears. "They demonstrate each week that Craftsman is tough enough for the most demanding mechanics in the world, under some of the most demanding conditions. These racers are some of our best customers, and some of our best ambassadors."
Craftsman, the Official Tools of NASCAR, sponsors the award and selection process that offers more than $20,000 in cash awards.
The mechanic receiving the most votes at each individual track becomes that track's local Craftsman of the Year Award winner. Craftsman rewards that winner with a $100 bonus and a $350 tool credit for the purchase of Craftsman tools.
Using the same vote totals, the local winners with the greatest number of votes in each of the four NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series divisions becomes the divisional Craftsman Mechanic of the Year Award winner. Each of the four divisional award winners receive a $2,000 cash bonus, a 36-inch Craftsman Professional Tool Box including chest and cart valued at $2,500, in addition to the local awards.
The four finalists will be reviewed by a select panel convened by Craftsman and NASCAR, who will determine the 2005 national Craftsman Mechanic of the Year. The national award winner will be announced at the series' awards banquet in Nashville, Tenn., in November.
Bonus awards for the national Craftsman of the Year award winner have increased to a total of $8,100. The amount includes a $6,000 national award, a $2,000 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series divisional award, and a $100 local track award.
Craftsman provides travel and accommodations for all four divisional award winners to attend the banquet and receive their honors. The 2005 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series awards ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, November 5, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville.